Two Happy Valentine's Day Watercolor Cards Using Ranger Distress Oxide Inks

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!!

It’s Holly here today and I’ve got TWO fun valentines that are perfect for that special someone. For the first one, I’m using the Kiss Kiss stamp set and the banner from the Folded Gift Tag Die Set.

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I started by creating a watercolor background with some Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide. I set that panel aside to dry and stamped several of the hearts from the Kiss Kiss set using some pigment inks from Mama Elephant. I heat set the inks with my heat gun on low and then I added the sentiments in the hearts with some Sweet Gelato Ink from WPlus9. You get a better result with a dye ink over a pigment ink. You can see on two of my hearts the sentiment isn’t as crisp, these are the ones I used the pigment ink to stamp with. I cut each of the hearts out and adhered them down the front of the panel using alternating with foam adhesive to give some dimension.

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I die cut the banner from some White and stamped the sentiment from the Be Mine stamp set using the same Sweet Gelato Ink. I adhered the banner with some foam tape and added a few mixed pink sequins from Neat and Tangled. So cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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I started the next one by heat-embossing the lips and heart images using some white embossing powder onto a piece of watercolor paper. Then I added some Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink and a few splatters of Black Soot Distress paint. I set that piece aside to dry naturally and then I die cut the heart from the Folded Sweetheart Die set. Then I stamped the XOXO in black ink and added some of the lips in the Candied Apple ink as well. If you haven’t tried stamping with your Distress Oxide inks give it a try, you get a great image every time. I adhered the heart to the background panel with some foam tape. 

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I die cut the banner from the Folded Tag Die set  and heat embossed the "Happy Valentine’s Day" sentiment. Then I adhered the banner over the heart with some additional foam tape. I wanted to have a little pop of sparkle so I added some Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I wasn’t sure about this card at first but I really like that pop of black! 

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Hope you have a great Valentine's Day!

Holly 

I Love You Candy Hearts Background Folded Airplane Die Set Card

Did you think the Valentines goodness was going to end last week? (well, tbh I thought it was too but then I got sad at the thought of it.) Soooo I decided to extend it for another week! 

Today's card is much simpler and makes use of the heart die in my Folded Airplane Die Set. It's always fun to take some of the additional elements included in a set and make them the star. 

Let's get started...

I Love You Candy Hearts Background Folded Airplane Die Set Card // rightathomeshop.com/blog

The inspiration for this card came from the little candy hearts we all munch on around this time of year. I released a stamp set a few years ago that followed this same idea and included little phrases you would typically find on these sweet treats. I decided to combine that set with the heart die from my Folded Airplane Die Set to give it new life.

I Love You Candy Hearts Background Folded Airplane Die Set Card // rightathomeshop.com/blog

I die-cut several of the hearts from white cardstock and colored them using various Distress Oxide Ink colors. There are only a few pastel-y colors in the line currently (although more were just released at Creativation!!) so I used what I had. I went with Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio and Candied Apple for the accents.

I Love You Candy Hearts Background Folded Airplane Die Set Card // rightathomeshop.com/blog

After each heart was inked I stamped the little phrases into the center of the hearts using the Candied Apple. On the one that read "I love you" I stamped the stitching outline stamp that coordinates from my Love Ya set. This would be my center heart.

I Love You Candy Hearts Background Folded Airplane Die Set Card // rightathomeshop.com/blog

I arranged all the hearts onto a piece white cardstock that I die-cut using the largest rectangle from my Find the Beauty Die Set. I trimmed off any hanging off the edge and adhered the panel to a pink card base. I decided to further accent the center heart, which I also popped up on foam tape, with a few of the smaller hearts in Cracked Pistachio. I added a touch of sparkle to them using the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pens (!!!). 

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And that finishes today's card! A quick and simple one to start the week of right. 

Are you excited for another week of all things red, pink and white?!

Nicole

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Valentine's Day Happy Mail Swap Content Ideas by Nicole

Good morning!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner it's the perfect opportunity to tell someone you love them. Whether it be a love letter or a package full of sweet treats, the purpose is to bring a smile to the recipient's face. Since I'm taking part in my Valentine's Day Happy Mail Swap, with the challenge of only sending flat items, I thought I'd share a few happy mail ideas here with you today. You can be as creative as you'd like with your mail, just make sure it helps the receiver know they're loved! P.S. Ginger! Don't read this post!

Valentine's Day Happy Mail Swap Content Ideas by Nicole // rightathomeshop.com/blog

Doesn't that look like the happiest pile of paper you've ever seen?! I can not wait for Ginger to receive her envelope. Now, let me explain what I included.

Valentine's Day Happy Mail Swap Content Ideas by Nicole // rightathomeshop.com/blog

I knew from the beginning I wanted to include a few things I'd purchased as well as a few items that I handmade especially for her. I added a few strips of stickers and a vellum heart that I got at the Target Dollar Spot. They're both flat but oh so cute. I also had the idea to create my own little piece of artwork for her using my ZIG Clean Color Brush Pens. I used a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper and free-handed rows of hearts in various shades of pink, purple, and red. I blended out the colors using my waterbrush and added a few details using a white pen once it was dry. Can't you just imagine this with a cute piece of washi tape hanging above her desk?! Love!

Valentine's Day Happy Mail Swap Content Ideas by Nicole // rightathomeshop.com/blog

I also wanted to add an element that incorporated her initial. I had some kraft stencils lying around; the ones you use to paint letters on poster board or something like that? I grabbed a "G" and painted it light pink with some acrylic paint. I added a piece of cute patterned paper behind it and embellished with a paperclip, enamel heart, and a strip of cardstock with an embossed sentiment. Right behind that piece in the photo you may notice a coloring page. I received a pack of them in a subscription box but they're originally from Bright & Blue Designs. 

I'm still deciding on a few extra things to include but these are the main elements so far! I plan to tuck them all into my handmade envelope, seal it closed, and then tuck that envelope into a padded mailer. I want to make sure to arrives to Ginger safely and in tack.

I just love happy mail. Don't you?

Nicole